British Journal for the History of Philosophy:1-22 (forthcoming)
The Cambridge Platonists are modern thinkers and the context of seventeenth-century Cambridge science is an inalienable and decisive part of their thought. Cudworth’s interest in ancient theology, however, seems to conflict with the progressive aspect of his philosophy. The problem of the nature, however, of this ‘Platonism’ is unavoidable. Even in his complex and recondite ancient theology Cudworth is motivated by philosophical considerations, and his legacy among philosophers in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries should not be overlooked. In particular we will draw on the scholarship of the German Egyptologist Jan Assmann in order to reassess the significance of Cudworth’s theory of religion for later philosophical developments.
There are a number of papers on the Cambridge Platonists due to be presented at the 15th annual ISNS conference, Olomouc, Czech Republic, 14-17 June 2017, at Palacký University Olomouc.
Thursday, June 15, 2017
Early Modern Platonism (Organizers: Anna Corrias, Douglas Hedley, and Valery Rees)
- David Leech, Bristol University and Cambridge Platonist Research Group, University of Cambridge, “Cudworth on Superintellectual Instinct as a Species of Orphic – Pythagorean Love”
Ancient Theology and the Cambridge Platonists (Organizers: Douglas Hedley and Natalia Strok)
- Natalia Strok, UBA- CONICET-UNLP, “Arianism and Platonism: traces of Eusebius’ Praeparatio Evangelica in Cudworth’s The True Intellectual System”
- Derek Michaud, University of Maine, “John Smith’s Plotinian Rational Theology”
- Douglas Hedley, University of Cambridge, “Ralph Cudworth and Ancient Theology”
Full program available here.